Inside the Paint: Toronto Raptors Are The Most Improved Team So Far

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IAugust 19, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 06:  Head coach Jay Triano of the Toronto Raptors watches the final minutes of the game agaainst the New Orleans Hornets on February 6, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

When the dust finally settles, the Toronto Raptors would come across as perhaps the most improved team in the entire Eastern Conference.

Newly hired coach Jay Triano finds himself in a situation where he'll inherit a team comprised of twelve new players, most of them acquired through trades.

The Raptors were able to address a number of issues that had affected the them last season; with Colangelo going out of his way by dramatically remaking the face of the team from the fourth man to the fifteen on the bench.

Colangelo was able to address the rebounding issue by acquiring both Amir Johnson, a young and athletic big man who can run down the floor and play under the hoop, and Reggie Evans who provides his defensive intensity and hard-nosed approach.

Antoine Wright is another player who also brings in his defensive specialties to floor; and he, along with newly signed backup point guard Jarret Jack can provide an excellent defensive cover on the perimeter.

The biggest catch of all for the Raptors this season was the addition of Hedo Turkoglu, known for being a big-time type player who creates his own situations plus is known for making the last shot.

All other additions would also fit in nicely into the fold, but the most exciting aspect of the Raptors is that of their coach, Jay Triano.

Jay Triano is entering his season as a full time coach, and Colangelo is thrilled about his new coach who received high praise from USA Basketball for his work in their summer program, and is known to be an admirer of the up-tempo style of play.

Fans alike can expect a Raptors team that runs on the fast-break, creating open space and utilized it's offensive potential.

They can expect a Raptors team that would surely be one of the most exciting to watch, and one that could potentially cement Colangelo's reputation as an executive who plays his cards right when assembling newer talent.